First, multiple sources are telling me that Niklas Hjalmarsson is in play with perhaps numerous suitors, the strongest rumor linking him to Ottawa, in exchange for depth center Zack Smith and a draft pick.
If the Senators want Hjalmarsson—and I believe his steady, defense first play would greatly help and complement the current blueline in Ottawa—then this is a deal that would greatly benefit both clubs.
Smith is the kind of player I am hearing the Hawks are looking for this summer: he's physical (160+ hits last season), kills penalties and wins faceoffs (over 50% for his career).
Plus this deal would save the Hawks $2.8 million in cap space, giving them more room to make a run at . . . Ryan Suter. I heard last night that the Hawks are one of a handful of teams Suter would like to talk to if he reaches free agency. However, I also heard Detroit is at the top of the list.